in Nepal is the hallowed cradle of Buddhism and birthplace of Lord
Buddha. Its history dates back to the time
of his birth around 560 BC.
in that serene era, Lumbini
has attained great heights of civilization and prosperity. There
are also evidences
of many royal visits to this sacred place. One such royal visitor
was Emperor Ashoka Mauraya of India in 249 BC. To com-memorize his
visit he erected a grand stone monolith which stands till today.
Nearby is the shrine of Maya Devi,
Buddha's mother. It contains a stone relief depicting Buddha's native
scene. In the area are also modern Buddhist shrines and an older
distance away are the ancient ruins of Tilaurakot where the Buddha
as Prince Siddhartha renounced the riches of his father's Kingdom
in search of truth.
hours drive from Lumbini lies some of the holiest places of India.
Varanasi, considered as most sacred place of hindus, is a city of
beautiful age-old temples. Even by 600 BC Varanasi was already a
place of pilgrimage of Hindus.
10 km north of Varanasi is Sarnath, a tranquil world part. Here
in the Deer Park, Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
Bodhaya, some distance away Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment
under Bodhi tree. One and half-hours from Lumbini lies beautiful
hill station of Tansen. Like Kathmandu, Tansen is a town abounding
with temples and views of majestic snow capped western Himalayan
of Lumbini lies Chitwan national park. One of the Best park's on
this side of the World. It is a home to the Rhinoceroses, the royal
Bengal tiger, gangetic dolphin and crocodiles. There are also over
50 species of large mammals and over 400 species of bird.
mode to Lumbini, Siddharthanagar
India: From all major Indian cities to Gorakhpur (India)
by road or train, from Gorakhpur to Lumbini by road.
Within Nepal: Kathmandu to Lumbini by airlines or by road.
For entry from India by road, Tourist visa for Nepal can be obtained
at border customs.